Positions

Overview

  • A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Reiff received his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and completed his medical education at the Georgetown University in 1996. Thereafter, he completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2002. He went on to complete a fellowship in Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care at UAB in 2003. He accepted a faculty position after completion of his fellowship at the in the UAB Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery, and he was promoted to the rank of professor in 2013. Dr. Reiff has served as the medical director of the Trauma/Burns ICU from 2005 through 2015 and as the Trauma Fellowship Program director from 2006 to 2014. He was the director of undergraduate surgical education for the UAB School of Medicine and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008. Dr. Reiff has served as the medical director for the Physician Assistant School since 2008. He was appointed as a quality medical officer in 2013 and thereafter promoted to assistant chief medical officer with a focus on management over the critical care operations for UAB Hospital.

    Using acidic fibroblast factor, Dr. Reiff and his research team were able to induce stem cell differentiation into an osteoblastic lineage and enhance repair of non-union fractures in a rat model. Investigation of motor vehicle collision kinematics and resulting injury patterns to create safer vehicles and predict injuries in an effort to better streamline patients to the appropriate level of care.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021 Advanced prehospital resuscitative care: Can we identify trauma patients who might benefit?Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  91:514-520. 2021
    2020 Early and prehospital trauma deaths: Who might benefit from advanced resuscitative care?Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  88:776-782. 2020
    2019 Use of extracorporeal membranous oxygenation in the management of refractory trauma-related severe acute respiratory distress syndrome: A national survey of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of TraumaTrauma Surgery and Acute Care Open.  4. 2019
    2017 Echocardiographic correlates are associated with in-hospital mortality in trauma and burn patientsThe American Journal of Surgery.  214:798-803. 2017
    2015 Use of a bundle checklist combined with physician confirmation reduces risk of nosocomial complications and death in trauma patients compared to documented checklist use aloneAnnals of Surgery.  262:647-652. 2015
    2015 Detailed description of all deaths in both the shock and traumatic brain injury hypertonic saline trials of the resuscitation outcomes consortiumAnnals of Surgery.  261:586-590. 2015
    2014 A 100% departmental mortality review improves observed-to-expected mortality ratios and University HealthSystem Consortium rankingsJournal of the American College of Surgeons.  218:554-562. 2014
    2013 Effectiveness of an early mobilization protocol in a trauma and burns intensive care unit: A retrospective cohort studyPhysical Therapy.  93:186-196. 2013
    2012 Association between side-impact airbag deployment and risk of injury: A matched cohort study using the CIREN and the NASS-CDSJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  73:914-918. 2012
    2010 Duration of red cell storage influences mortality after traumaThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  69:1427-1432. 2010
    2010 Mechanical ventilation in adults who need respiratory assistance.Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.  23. 2010
    2010 Prospective implementation of an algorithm for bedside intravascular ultrasound-guided filter placement in critically ill patientsJournal of Vascular Surgery.  51:1215-1221. 2010
    2009 Management of colon wounds in the setting of damage control laparotomy: A cautionary taleThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  67:929-933. 2009
    2009 Body mass index affects time to definitive closure after damage control surgeryThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  66:1683-1687. 2009
    2009 Traumatic brain injury is associated with the development of deep vein thrombosis independent of pharmacological prophylaxis.The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  66:1436-1440. 2009
    2009 The relationship of blood product ratio to mortality: Survival benefit or survival bias?The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  66:358-362. 2009
    2009 The relationship of blood product ratio to mortality: survival benefit or survival bias?The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  66. 2009
    2009 Traumatic brain injury is associated with the development of deep vein thrombosis independent of pharmacological prophylaxisThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  66:1436-1440. 2009
    2008 Transfusions in the less severely injured: Does age of transfused blood affect outcomes?The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  65:794-798. 2008
    2008 Transfusions in the less severely injured: does age of transfused blood affect outcomes?The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  65:794-798. 2008
    2008 Age of transfused blood: An independent predictor of mortality despite universal leukoreductionThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  65:279-282. 2008
    2008 Closing the open abdomen: Improved success with wittmann patch staged abdominal closureThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  65:345-348. 2008
    2007 Risk factors associated with adrenal insufficiency in severely injured burn patientsJournal of Burn Care and Research.  28:854-858. 2007
    2007 Body mass index affects the need for and the duration of mechanical ventilation after thoracic traumaThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  62:1432-1435. 2007
    2007 Body mass index affects the need for and the duration of mechanical ventilation after thoracic trauma.The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  62:1432-1435. 2007
    2004 The association between body mass index and diaphragm injury among motor vehicle collision occupantsThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  57:1324-1328. 2004
    2004 Specific Occupant and Collision Characteristics Are Associated with Motor Vehicle Collision-Related Blunt Cerebrovascular Artery InjuryThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  56:64-67. 2004
    2002 Identifying injuries and motor vehicle collision characteristics that together are suggestive of diaphragmatic ruptureThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  53:1139-1145. 2002
    2002 Gender differences in mortality following burn injuryShock.  18:311-315. 2002
    2002 Incidence and characteristics of motor vehicle collision-related blunt thoracic aortic injury according to ageThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  52:859-866. 2002
    2002 Injury rates among restrained drivers in motor vehicle collisions; the role of body habitusThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  52:1116-1120. 2002
    2001 Acidic fibroblast growth factor attenuates the cytotoxic effects of peroxynitrite in primary human osteoblast precursorsThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  50:433-439. 2001
    2001 Acidic fibroblast growth factor signaling inhibits peroxynitrite-induced death of osteoblasts and osteoblast precursorsJournal of Bone and Mineral Research.  16:1917-1925. 2001
    2001 Recurrent trauma in elderly patientsArchives of Surgery.  136:197-203. 2001
    2001 Splenic injury in side impact motor vehicle collisions: effect of occupant restraintsThe Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  51:340-345. 2001
    2001 The association between body habitus, restraint use, and fatality in motor vehicle collisions.Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine.  45:107-123. 2001

    Education And Training

  • UAB Hospital, Internship
  • UAB Hospital, Residency
  • UAB Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Full Name

  • Donald Reiff